And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”…
9 Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.”
Israel was in slavery in Egypt. But God had a plan.
God’s plan was to jailbreak Israel out from Pharaoh’s clutches and make them a free people, free to worship Him.
But Pharaoh was not going to have any part in that! He ordered the Israelites back to work, upping the ante in his brick making demands.
Pharaoh is a type of satan. We learn about the nature of our enemy by surveying the nature of Pharaoh.
Like Israel, God’s desire is to release us from bondage and slavery and make us free to serve and worship Him. That is His desire and plan for us.
What we see hear is that as the people of God gain hope, the enemy comes along just a quickly to snuff it out. Do you notice that? Have you ever experienced that?
Note how the enemy tries to do that:
1. Difficulties Escalate – when you are within arm’s reach of hope, the enemy will work over time to escalate the trying nature of your circumstances.
2. Increased Labour – the enemy will love to bump up the load your carrying to discourage from believing for breakthrough
3. Lying to you – Pharaoh calls God’s promises “lies”. The enemy would love you to doubt God. He slanders God by calling Him a liar. Ironically, satan is the “father of lies”.
Whenever you notice any of these occurrences follow a glimmer of hope, a breath of breakthrough or the sighting of the new day, tell yourself it is the enemy trying to spoil the good that God has planned!
Reject it, renounce it, call it out! And let the God of Hope flood your heart and life.
PRAYER: Father, I recognise you as the God of Hope. I choose to position myself before you to live in the freedom that Jesus bought for me. Thank you Lord, Amen.